(Note: This story was originally published on Feb. 24, but has been updated to reflect Alabama winning the 2021 SEC tournament on Sunday.)

The practice gym is available all day, every day. Put your finger on the reader for a scan and in you go. Nate Oats still finds this incredible. There’s even the slightest hint of wonder in his voice, nearly two years into the job as Alabama men’s basketball coach, that his team can work whenever it wants to work. Oats and his staff can examine every shot attempt and tell the shooter how and where he’s missing it, but that technology is arguably less amazing to him than simply having a space where nobody and nothing gets in his way.

At his last stop, midday power-walkers circled the concourse during Buffalo practices. One court in the rec center was supposed to be reserved for hoops at all times but only sometimes was.





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